Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah

Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah

10 October 2019. Waterside Theatre, Manchester. Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah, Blah Blah Blah's alternative title is Much Ado About Nothing, and The Arden's Theatre and Performance students (collaborating here with Figs in Wigs) begin with some choice words from Shakespeare. But very quickly, "sigh no more ladies" and "hey nonny nonny" gives way [...]

Baby Fever

Baby Fever

1 October 2019. Contact Theatre, Manchester at STUN Studios. What does success look like? Buying a house? Getting married? Having a baby? Contact Young Company's new show Baby Fever grew out of an exploration of the value and relevance of those traditional milestones for a younger generation. How healthy are they as goals to structure [...]

Beryl

Beryl

23 September 2019. Octagon Theatre, Bolton at Bolton Library Theatre. Beryl Burton. Wife, mother, Yorkshire woman, cyclist. Who? Never heard of her? You're probably not alone. Maxine Peake's play starts with the premise that Beryl is not that well-known, undeservedly so, and sets about putting that right. Along the way, it also explores what drove [...]

Tinned Up

Tinned Up

24 September 2019. 53two at Oldham Coliseum. Sixty-three-year old Shirley Parkin has lived at 10 Brook Street in Salford all her life. She now finds herself surrounded by streets of empty properties awaiting redevelopment. With metal shutters over the doors and windows, they're all 'tinned up'. In an attempt to deter any scavenging scallies, next [...]

Macbeth

Macbeth

18 September 2019. Royal Exchange, Manchester. "Is this a dagger which I see before me?". Well, yes and no, but I definitely see a red balloon, and a bloke in a bear costume at a banquet, and someone munching crisps loudly on the front row. Christopher Haydon's Macbeth is certainly surprising, often visually arresting, and [...]

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea

10 September 2019. Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester. When Danny and Roberta meet, two troubled souls collide. Their chance encounter in a Bronx neighbourhood bar is more beer-fueled brawl than romantic spark. He's all angry and covered in bruises, while she's one step away from boiling over. Play With Fire know how to pick an interesting [...]

Utopia – After Thomas More

Utopia – After Thomas More

22 August 2019. The Den, Stalybridge Civic Hall. Using Thomas More's book, published in 1516, as their starting point, the Royal Exchange Young Company explore the concept of Utopia in their latest show. In these uncertain times, it seems only natural to search for alternatives, wish for something that's not broken, and perhaps even dream [...]

Summer in Manchester – a tale of two theatres

Summer in Manchester – a tale of two theatres

When HOME proudly announced three "world premiere productions" as part of its 2019 theatre season you'd be forgiven for assuming that those shows would be premiering in front of local Manchester audiences. However, following that announcement back in November last year, it gradually emerged that the majority of those world premieres were being saved up [...]

Bypass

Bypass

30 July 2019. Twenty Twenty Two, Manchester. “The home you were raised in is being concreted over, any parting words?” is the 13-word provocation that shaped the 8 mini-plays that make-up Bypass - a showcase for new writing from Manchester-based Hung Theatre. They have form with this format having previously delivered 6 new pieces under [...]